Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I'm pretty lucky to have such great friends!
I don’t look like my mommy
People have started to say
I don’t look like my mommy
So I asked her why one day
"Some babies are so special,
They come in different ways
Some must wait for their babies
For days and days and days
Some babies come from close by
The Mom who had them could not stay
Other Mommies are waiting for them
For a baby they pray and pray and pray
Other babies are born in a far-away land
The mommy who had them no longer there
But some Mommies fly across the sea
A baby’s love to share
You may have a different skin color
Or a different kind of hair
But the love Mommy has for her baby
Will truly always be there
No matter how you or I look
One thing will always be true
You are my precious baby
And I will always love you"
~ Victoria Carrington
Monday, August 27, 2007
And... speaking of life-changing events, today was gotcha day for little Miranda and her family. Happy, happy day!
And... don't buy this book: Losing Plum Blossom. It's horrible. I had to stop after chapter one. I'm throwing it in the trash, seriously. I really don't want to read a huge novel about a woman from Indiana living in Taipei lusting over a gay physician.
Until then... stay tuned to this channel for more episodes of retail therapy, designer baby burp cloth construction, Chinese cooking, and an endless supply of cutie Sedona babydog pictures. Just don't expect a referral anytime soon. We'll be suprised together when the big day happens. Right, Sedona? What was that? Oh, you want to play fetch with your doggie phone? Okay, gotta go.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
THE ACCIDENTAL ADOPTION
Have you every noticed that you hear all the time about "accidental" pregnancies, but never about couples who experience "accidental" adoptions? Can you imagine: Honey, sit down. I have some news for you. What is it? Well, I don't know how to say this, so I'll just come out with it. I went out to the mailbox today and . . . well, we got an I-171H. A what?!?! An I-171H? As in, we're going to have another baby?!? It looks that way. But how? We've been so careful! I put away all the blank 1-600A forms. Didn't you hide our homestudy update? Of course I did. But don't forget, there was that one night . . . What night? (pauses) Ohhh, that night. But it was only once. We were just messing around. I didn't print clearly. I didn't even use black ink! (pauses again) But it was kind of fun. (giggles) It was, wasn't it? I'll never forget how cute you looked getting your fingerprints. So now we've got our I171H, eh? But that doesn't always mean you'll adopt, does it? I mean, shouldn't you see the agency or something, make sure everything's okay? I already did. And? I'm five documents along. Five documents! And they're all notarized, certified and authenticated, okay? Just great. There was one small scare when the agency couldn't see the notary's middle initial, but it showed up just fine under the magnifying glass. Thank God. And you, honey? Are you feeling okay? I'm feeling fine. As long as I know you're happy about this. Happy? I'm thrilled! It's always a shock at first when something like this happens, but of course I'm happy.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Still no news from the agency. Have to do things like plan out construction of baby burp cloths to keep busy and keep positive.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"If I keep a green bough in my heart,then the singing bird will come." - Chinese proverb
When we prepare to succeed and believe in our goals,
it’s almost inevitable that we will accomplish them.
What we think about comes about.
No more crying. It doesn't help, just drives me nuts. I'm working on my chi this week, needing some positive energy as I wait, and wait, for news. Retail therapy to the rescue! I've discovered gently used and NWT (new with tags) Gymboree on eBay, and have bought some items from the retired paper lanterns line that I'm very excited about. I also found this bird and blossoms art print on Etsy. It's my inspiration for the week, and I will frame it with this Chinese proverb for Hannah Claire's nursery.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
My mind is on happier thoughts, especially wanting to paint that baby room, then penciling in the outline of a plum blossom (national flower of Taiwan) tree in for a mural. I'm trying to decide between white blossoms and pink blossoms for the tree, as plum blossoms can be either color.
I'll try to get my head out of the clouds and into the kitchen this week. I found some Won Ton wrappers next to tofu in the produce section of the evil empire store tonight. I'd like to experiment with cooking with them this week. If any of you have made little dumplings before at home and have some favorites, send me links! Send me links to recipes that look good, and I'll post some pics with recipes of what we made.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Dear Lord, I need you now because I am full of stress and anxiety. I ask you to come take my heavy burdens. Please carry them for me so I don't have to. I will try not to be afraid, but I feel that way now.
I'm having a very hard time this week. No, I don't have any news... but I'm very worried about the potential for problems. We're supposed to have a personalized update next week. I didn't know I could cry this much. I love my husband so much. He doesn't have answers for me either, but he hugs me and holds my hand so sweetly.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
We checked out a few books on Taiwan today at the library, and I read that the plum blossom is the national flower of Taiwan. Now I'm thinking I'd like to paint a mural of a plum blossom tree in a corner of the nursery arching up over the window and maybe growing up on part of the ceiling too. Pretty, symbolic, and not so babyish as Hannah Claire grows up!
Tonight we ate at the Taiwan Express restaurant in Fort Wayne with another pre-adoptive couple. We had a great time and closed the place down, talking for three hours! The food was pretty typical Americanized Chinese food. No stinky tofu, tea eggs, bubble tea, or raw salted pork fermenting in a jar. Kevin is a hot and sour soup fan, and liked theirs because it was a lot more spicy than we've had before. I liked the egg rolls because they were extra thin and crispy on the outside. Now if eating at Taiwan Express could just speed up the Taiwan adoption process....
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I'm guilty of checking other's blogs multiple times daily when I'm excited for them as they wait patiently... or not so patiently for news. It's addicting, especially when you're checking on someone's blog that you know is in line right ahead of you with the same agency. Good news for you means good news for me, buddy! So many others have had good adoption news this last week that I keep thinking, maybe I'll have news too! It doesn't help that people have told me that they get good news e-mails from our agency in the middle of the night, and I've heard of people waking up in the middle of the night to check their e-mail every night... and finally finding their referral news at 2am.
If you're a blogger I encourage you to use something like Google Analytics to see where your visitors come from. I started using Analytics on June 10th, and it tells me that I've had visitors from 26 countries and 44 states (missing states are Montana, North Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine). It's inspiring to know that one has readers from all over the globe.
Now I just wish that referral phone call would come along and I'd have something to talk about!!! As soon as we have that little picture in our hands (and in the in-box of our close friends and family) I just have a feeling that I'll have a burst of energy to go-go-go paint the nursery, install closet organizers, buy a crib and other furniture, install cabinet door and toilet seat safety locks, clean the house, wash the dog, spit shine the garage floor... Well, maybe not spit shine the garage floor, but you get the idea. Right now all I want to do is check my e-mail multiple times a day and sit on the couch looking around at clutter... and I have no desire to do anything about it. Bad, Sarah. Bad Bad. It's so bad that I don't even want to look at baby clothes right now. Wow, did I really just write that?!?!?
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Thanks to our TIVO recording anything with the keyword "Taiwan", we discovered this great show on "bizarre" foods of Taiwan on the Travel Channel. I still can't wait to try fried stinky tofu when we get to Taiwan, but I think I'll skip the uncooked salted pork. Kevin is pretty adventurous. He's willing to try most anything, but his eyes got really wide with surprise while watching this show.
This video clip is just part 1 of 6. To watch the entire hour long show, go to this YouTube link.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I wasn't going to share this dream with anyone... but I find it really ironic that this happened the night Ella was born. Last night I had my first pregnancy/labor dream. I dreamt that I was in a delivery room, but it was a huge room with four beds with three other couples using them. I remember being really glad that I was being prepped by my doctor and not a stranger I did not know. I was frustrated with Kevin because he forgot to bring my digital camera. I wanted him to go get it for me but he wouldn't leave my side. (Sweet husband.) My mom was there in the background and I knew that she had her camera, but I really wanted *my* camera. My labor was not progressing and I was frustrated. In real life, this "paper pregnancy" sure isn't progressing very quickly either with no news, no news, no news, every week!